Toyota has received multiple honours at the fourth ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards and bagging the best award for the brand as a whole; the Excellent Award for the brand with the most five-star scoring.
The biannual ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix awards, now its fourth edition, was held virtually with the aim to commemorate high achievers in the field of vehicle safety in the region.
Two main awards are given out namely the Excellent Award and the Best Safety Performance Award. Apart from vehicles, there are categories for individuals and organizations to be acknowledged for their dedication and commitment to improving road safety.
Toyota won in three product categories, with the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Innova being recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments.
The Toyota Majesty/Granvia window van (available in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines) was recognised with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.
“Toyota is committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elements- vehicles (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure),” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Malaysia (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia.
Since 2019, all-new as well as facelifted Toyota vehicles were assessed in the ASEAN NCAP and all achieved the full five-star rating. UMWT has also stepped up the benchmark in active and passive safety systems by placing as many airbags as possible in all passenger vehicles and specifying Toyota Safety Sense whenever possible and available.
“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue,” said President of UMWT, Ravindran K.
Since the introduction of the current 2017-2020 ASEAN NCAP rating system, a total of ten Toyota vehicles have been assessed and all achieve the highest rating of five stars.
Recently, UMWT also made it easier for consumers to understand Toyota Safety Sense and its availability through the new Toyota Synergised Mobility communication channel.